15 Oct 2012

Samoa Prime Minister to visit New Zealand to mark Treaty of Friendship

7:21 pm on 15 October 2012

The Samoa Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, will be in New Zealand later this week to mark the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship between the two countries.

The New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, says this country's special relationship with Samoa is built on a shared Polynesian history, cultural ties, people-to-people links and regional cooperation.

Mr Key says regular high-level talks are an important part of the relationship, reflecting the closeness between the two countries and providing an opportunity to discuss and progress bilateral issues.

He says they will also discuss regional matters.